WWE Greatest Royal Rumble 2018 Predictions: Undertaker Buries Rusev
By Mat Elfring on
The Greatest Royal Rumble is coming to the WWE Network live from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Friday, April 27. The show will start at 5 PM BST / 7 PM AST, and because of the time zone difference, it will air on WWE's streaming service at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET, with the Kickoff Show starting one hour prior. You can check out live coverage of the event, right now.
If you can't get around to watching the show live because you're at work, school, or whatever, don't worry. GameSpot will be covering Greatest Royal Rumble live, just like we do with all WWE PPVs. The Middle Eastern event revolves around one gigantic match for the evening: a 50-man Royal Rumble match. At this time, there's no prize for the winner, aside from bragging rights.
There are eight matches on the card so far, but the show will surely get larger with the Cruiserweight Championship match yet to be booked. Here is who is on the card and our predictions for the event. In addition, you can find out everyone in the main event of the PPV here. Don't expect any huge surprises as Greatest Royal Rumble feels almost like a large house show with the way it's being booked and promoted.
Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Kalisto
(For the Cruiserweight Championship)
Sadly, I was really hoping for a rematch between Mustafa Ali and Cedric Alexander. However, that's not what Greatest Royal Rumble is delivering. While there are a few rumors flying around about plenty of title changes at the show, I don't think this is going to be one of them. Without a doubt, this will be an exciting match, but in the end, Alexander will retain the title, as his run as Cruiserweight Champion is still new.
Our prediction: Cedric Alexander wins
The Miz vs. Seth Rollins (c) vs. Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe
(For the Intercontinental Championship)
Seth Rollins won the IC title from Miz at Wrestlemania 34 in a triple threat match, which included Finn Balor. Then, on the Raw after Mania, Samoa Joe returned to action, by yelling at Roman Reigns. Now--somehow--Joe will join the battle for the IC championship at Greatest Royal Rumble. As much as I love Joe, he needs to be in the main event and not on the midcard holding onto this title. For that reason, I'm giving the win to Rollins.
Our prediction: Seth Rollins wins
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Jinder Mahal
(For the United States Championship)
Monday's Superstar Shakeup featured the Raw debut of United States Champion Jinder Mahal, who quickly lost his newly acquired championship to Jeff Hardy. Considering that Matt Hardy is off doing his own thing, this is a good time for Jeff go on his own run, and for that run to matter, he needs to retain the title. So I'm giving the win to Jeff. Jinder will be hindered once again.
Our prediction: Jeff Hardy wins
The Bar vs. Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt
(For the Raw Tag Team Championship)
Raw's tag team division has been a bit of a mess the past six months.Think about it. The best moment from the division is when Braun Strowman and an 11-year-old won the titles at Wrestlemania. The Greatest Royal Rumble match should shakeup the division, and the only way for that to happen is if Wyatt and Hardy win. The titles need new blood, even if the tag team is a bit weird. And frankly, although Wyatt and Hardy are a new team, they'll be able to grow together as champions.
Our prediction: Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt win
The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The Usos
(For the Smackdown Tag Team Championship)
The Usos are getting their rematch for the Smackdown Tag Team championships against the duo that beat them at Wrestlemania, the Bludgeon Brothers. It'll be a combination of pure, brute force versus two of the most talented and exciting men on Smackdown. However, I don't expect Harper and Rowen to lose their new titles at this show, as their championship run just started, so I'm giving them the win.
Our prediction: Bludgeon Brothers win
Undertaker vs. Rusev (Casket Match)
Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl. That's been the storyline for this match, where the boy is Rusev and the girl is Undertaker. For some odd reason, Rusev was taken off of this match and replaced with Chris Jericho recently. Now, the Bulgarian Brute is back on. Much like I originally said during the Taker/Jericho prediction, I'm giving the win to Undertaker because this is his match and Wrestlemania was about reasserting his dominance, which this match will also establish.
Our prediction: Undertaker wins
Secondary prediction: This will be a short match
John Cena vs. Triple H
While the average WWE fan may find this match confusing, both of these names will be draws for the show in the Middle East. At this point, we don't know how it will play out, as to whether Triple H will go the heel route or whether it will be two faces battling it out. Regardless, I'm going to give the win to John Cena as he's the face that runs the place.
Our prediction: John Cena wins
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns
(For the Universal Championship)
WWE fans were shocked when Lesnar beat Reigns at Wrestlemania, as we were all expecting the end of Lesnar's reign that night. Now, there's a rematch at Greatest Royal Rumble, and once again, it's for the Universal Championship. There is a small part of me that thinks WWE will troll us all again and have Lesnar win, but I need to have some hope that Reigns will win, and this will be the end of the part-timer champion.
Our prediction: Roman Reigns wins... please let him win.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
(For the WWE Championship)
It's a Wrestlemania 34 rematch. A rivalry has been building between AJ Styles and Shinusuke Nakamura, who can't stop punching Styles in the crotch. This is a real thing that's happening right now. Luckily, the Greatest Royal Rumble is coming up, so Nakamura can get his rematch in sooner rather than later. This is the start of the rivalry, so I expect the title to change hands here, with Styles getting his rematch at Backlash.
Our prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura wins dirty
Greatest Royal Rumble
As of this writing, there's no prize for winning the 50-man Rumble match, but that doesn't mean it won't be a long yet entertaining bout. There are plenty of wrestlers that have yet to be announced for this match--like Rusev--so I'm giving the win to Braun Strowman, for now.
Our prediction: Braun Strowman wins